Review by Elin Spring:
Forman builds both beauty and discomfort into her scenes, with lush, saturated colors, pleasingly redundant geometries, palpable textures, mysterious figures and a suffusion of light that is at once warm and surreal.
A world unsettled and unmoored and the loss of remembered history
Best Picts, April 2017
Artist in Residency, a privileged opportunity to experiment and create new work. in a former monasterry in Norway, as part of the Sunnhordland Museum
What you think you’re seeing at first glance may appear ordinary, but a further look takes you elsewhere. This is the mysterious and magical realm in which my images reside.
In this episode of TheFIX, noted digital composite artist Fran Forman joins host Seán Duggan for a conversation on the inspiration and creative process behind her beautifully surreal and dreamlike photo composites.
What Will You Remember?
Review by Elin Spring
"... In her current work... a sense of visceral and emotional uncertainty, conveyed through surrealistic, directional light and painterly layering of moody hues ..."
Featured Artist: Fran Forman - Profile and Interview
Dream-like photo paintings by Fran Forman feature in this colourful exhibition that tells stories of a world outside the one we know.
Forman has created a whimsical, subtle, and psychologically challenging body of work that engages and enthralls the viewer...
The lines separating dreams from reality are blurred in Forman’s surrealist photo-paintings that depict escape from the constraints of space, time, and consciousness. Vibrant and imaginative...
I asked Fran to share her journey through the publishing process.
In this rich and dream-like collection of photo-paintings, artist and fabulist Fran Forman offers characters, scenes, and visual narratives that lure the imagination.
...Every tableau is another foray into a world of intrepid wanderings and imaginative flights. Forman establishes atmosphere through her nuanced handling of color and composition, shadow and light. ...
"stunning combinations of the reality of photography and the unreality of the incongruous..."
Thoughts from the artist...
Assembling Magic - Photographic artist Fran Forman has been stirring the photography pot, creating a recipe for alchemical thinking and new ways of seeing the world.
A uniquely artistic approach to exploring space and aviation and encourages visitors to stretch their imaginations and discover new ways of appreciating flight
Master of Digital Photography Lecture
I never want to tell the viewer what to think, but I do hope they stop and look at an image, think about it, interpret it in a way that’s meaningful...
Her exhibition at AfterImage Gallery demonstrates why she has drawn international attention...
Flights of fancy land Forman in Smithsonian museum:
She celebrates connections among humans, animals and natural world...
...I was immediately transfixed by the wonderful, fanciful images...as it certainly expands our thinking on what is possible.
Rarely do an artist's images stop me in my tracts and then hum in my memory for months...
Our Place in the Natural World: Forman explores connections with collage...
“Forman’s intuitive image combinations remind us of the potency of resurrection, reverence, play and wonder, as well as the responsibilities of the immediate future...Forman's work fuses antique photography with digital imaging techniques, exploring memory, loss and longing through dreamlike imagery.”
Grand Forks, North Dakota
The Alchemy of Memory
March - June 2018
Solo Exhibition: Visual Narration
"The Calm Before the Storm"
Contrasts: Six Master Photographers
May - June 2017
Solo exhibition at The Massachusetts State House
March 16 - June 1, 2017
Newbury Street, Boston
June 4 - July 17, 2016
Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
National Trust, England
2015 - 16
"Out From Under"
August - October 2015
New England School of Photography
Solo exhibition | 11/22/14-1/4/15
Fran Forman is a photographic artist who uses her imagination to take flight into new realms of seeing, feeling, and experiencing created worlds.
3rd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
The Heritage Municipal Museum of Malaga: five of Fran's images were featured as the 1st Prize recipient of the JULIA MARGARET CAMERON AWARD.
“Reflections & Resolutions:: Creating New Worlds in Digital Art”
Ft. Collins, Colorado
“Myths and Magic”
“Extended Realities: The Language of Photomontage”
Glassboro, New Jersey
The Language of Photomontage includes work by modern photomontage pioneers Jerry Uelsmann and Duane Michals, and contemporary artists from Maggie Taylor and Joe Mills to Fran Forman and Frank Rodick.
‘High Art: A Decade of Collecting and Recent Acquisitions”
2011, 2012, 2013
Engelwood, New Jersey
“Painting Stories with Light”
Runner up to First Prize
'Women seen by Women,' Exhibition at Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona, 2018
Stord, Norway (2017)
North Down Museum
Bangor, Northern Ireland (2015)
Comer Collection of Photography, University of Texas
Dallas, Texas (2015)
The Grace Museum
Alice and Bill Wright Photography Collection
Abilene, Texas (2014)
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC (2013)
- School of Visual Arts, New York, Masters of Digital Photography Master Series
- Photographic Resource Center (Boston)
- Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center
- Public Libraries: Key West - Monroe County, Florida, Wellfleet, MA, Watertown, MA
- Professional Women's Photography Association, New York
- LA Center for Photography
- University of North Dakota, Dept of Art and Design
- Sunnhordland Museum, Halsnoy Kloster
- The Fix
- North Down, Northern Ireland
"When Things are Strange"
Department of Art & Design, Univ of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
"Elsewhere" exhibition, March 2017
Four-person exhibition celebrating of the work of
Julia Margaret Cameron at Dimbola Lodge, her home on the Isle of Wight, UK,
opening October 2016
Artist in Residence
Los Angeles Center for Photography
The Studios of Key West
Escape Artist: The Art of Fran Forman
Selected by Elzabeth Avedon
Masters of Digital Photography
- Simmons College (adjunct) 2014
- Castle Hill Art Center - 2015, 2012, 2015
- Brandeis University 2013
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2010 - 2014
- ASmith Gallery 2014, 2018
- University of North Dakota 2017
- Los Angeles Center of Photography 2015, 2017